Re: Makes sense
I was unaware that it was coffee they served there
50 posts • joined 10 Sep 2011
My friends children often messed up their computers and I frequently got called over to sort them out. They were clever children and not afraid to add extensions or change various settings or try anything else. Their redeeming feature was that they usually had a good idea what they'd done to mess it up and knew their limits so would call me sooner rather than later in case they made it worse.
Their parents were always annoyed with them but I took the view that they were learning and learnt from me as we always worked together to resolve the problems.
They've now left home and their parents have a computer to keep in touch with them. They don't get such an easy as they gave me!
In my opinion Google should not be allowed to serve up any UK spent convictions under any circumstances as employers and other bodies only have the right to this information in well defined circumstances.
Unfortunately the law has not kept up with modern life. In is now too quick and too easy to find details of spent convictions. In my opinion online publishers of such information and internet caches should be required to delete such articles at the appropriate time. The information is still retained by the police and other departments where it is genuinely needed. No one else needs access to this information except for curiosity.
I saw an Ofcom slide at a presentation last week which could be described as a Venn diagram on a map for a Welsh village. There wasn't many properties in just one area.
I also learnt that whilst my land line cannot have fibre broadband it is included in the statistics for an area that can.
Google removal of its keyword search and insistence on putting the most popular websites first makes it very difficult to find something out of the ordinary.
I would imagine finding anything on Google about a spacecraft long thought to be inoperative next to impossible.
Please reinstate your keyword search Google.
And before anyone says. The mandatory search "" does not always work.
I suspect they frequented Wetherspoons to make use of the internet so that they could tweet their displeasure.
My experience of Gatwick last year was that they had the only usable internet.
I will also add that tweeting seems to be the only way to get a quick response (minutes as opposed to days) from a transportation organisation.
When I was a BT customer I used to insist on asking my own security question first. Knowing that the agent, genuine or not, never has access to my call records I always asked what was the last number I dialled. Their explanations as to why they couldn't answer my question were great fun. Then I just told them that if they couldn't prove who they were I wouldn't talk to them and hung up.
I've always felt that Ofcom pays the most heed to those who shout the loudest rather than take a balanced view from all opinions. In my opinion Ofcom should make itself more remote from big business and closer to consumer groups who represent those most affected by their decisions.
As a TV viewer, radio listener, radio amateur, marine radio licence holder I see few actions by Ofcom that are in my interests and many that are not but on the other hand these are generally in favour of business interests. Furthermore I get the feeling that Ofcom are actually frightened of some businesses.
>For me it's any time I need to deal with a bank and have to do all that prove-your-identity / know-your-customer crap to prove that you aren't a terrorist
I always enjoy the sport of getting organisations to prove their identity to me when they ring. Their agents always claim to have no access to the information I request. It's a great sport.
I didn't even have to open my last letter from the revenue as it wasn't sealed which wouldn't be too bad except that my post goes through a private office.
I cannot understand the revenue's hatred of email. I would much prefer to communicate with them via email. And yes I have received one of their two week notices more than two weeks after the documents' date.
The one and only time I tried to get my reference number I found that the DVLA had not made the web page compatible with Linux and I live in a microsoft free housefold. At least it didn't work on any of the web browsers I had available.
The HMRC use of NiNo annoys me. They often send me letters containing my NiNo with the origin proudly displayed on the outer packaging. I've often thought of complaining to the Data Protection Registrar that they are sending sensitive personal information unencrypted.
Clicksafe has never worked well for me and a "small" number of transactions fail. In this case "small" equates to a significant proportion. I've always assumed that Clicksafe is primarily intended for Microsoft systems.
I've never understood how entering security information for a second time protects me. As far as I'm concerned this increases the chance of fraud.
Presumably the cost of data collection and provision of the information to whoever demands it can be placed on a single cost centre which can include capital costs. Surely the charges for provision of data can reflect the total costs including collection? Hopefully this would make local authorities think numerous times before making their trivial requests.
I had a tax charge appear out of the blue from the revenue. It didn't even say what the matter referred to but did contain the same dire threats.
I paid "under protest" but demanded a full explanation. To give one revenue employee their due he did ring me to say this was a "computer glitch" and wrote confirming this. Over two months later, however, I've still not got my money back.
To add insult to injury the revenue are not following their complaints procedure and have not given me a named officer dealing with my complaint.
It does seem to me that normal people should have some rights when dealing with the revenue. I'm beginning to think that I will have to go to the County Court to recover my money.
The courts could decide these are unfair terms and conditions.
One of the reasons why I no longer use windows was I got fed up with the unexpected long shut-down, boot or restart when I was in a hurry or applications no longer worked or needed tweaking to work properly. They've still shut me out!
I've just looked through Auntie's list and suspect there is good reason for some of the articles to be de-listed. I'll give one possible example as illustration. Perhaps a minor is in the foster care system and estranged from their family. If, say, they are mentioned in an article which identifies their school or sports team then it becomes relatively easy for their family to locate and harass them... Or worse. This is why photography is sometimes banned at school... And the head teacher's explanation may sound weak because they cannot give a truthful one.
There is an important difference from years gone by is that all news articles world wide can now be searched from a single search engine as opposed to physically searching in libraries or local newspaper offices.
In the UK at least the search engines enable potential employers to bypass the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 so I'm not as all surprised that so many requests have been make covering Auntie's news reports. In fact I can foresee news organisations being forced by the courts to adopt similar procedures in the future. I believe that Auntie is bringing that day forward.
If they had all their conferences during the same week they could spend and extra 3 weeks in parliament.
Alternatively. Why don't they have sittings all the year and have annual leave and the odd Bank or Public Holiday like normal people?
It would put a stop to them having a foreign holiday at the beginning of August and a Cornish one two weeks later.
(The Jolly Roger because it is my flag!)
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